I have finally found somewhere to ride my mountain bike near home. I have made several trips to various woods only to find a few kilometers of fire road and not much else. Yesterday I found a marked out route with about an hour and a half of pretty tough single track to entertain me. (some sections were too technical for me to manage riding and there had to be some walking/pushing!)
I also found that there is a campsite in the forest so our trial camping trip may be closer to home than originally thought but that will require a little more investigation first.